The Jungles In My Mind

8.14.2010 - Alpine Valley (Michael Stein)

One week after peaking The Greek stand with a finale built upon a monumental “Light,” Phish found themselves in Alpine Valley, ready to build off two-solid efforts in Deer Creek. After imploding Berkeley with jams of all shapes and sizes, the band’s innovation continued through Telluride’s “Piper” and “Carini” and several pieces, specifically “Drowned” and “Light,” in the cornfields of Noblesville. But as Phish prepared to step onto their biggest stage of summer, the second improvisational peak of Leg Two lurked right around the corner. A blistering opening half set the table for a break-neck psychedelic roller coaster ride of “Down With Disease > What’s The Use?” An illustration of Phish’s willingness to push forth to find that magic moment, this jam awakened the band’s musical patience and brilliance while careening into the future.

8.14.10 (M.Stein)

When Phish pulled into their classic Wisconsin shed, Trey had grown fully accustomed to his new Ocedoc and unleashed it ferociously. Completely in the zone for the entire evening, Alpine’s opener brought one of Trey’s most dazzling evenings of the entire summer. Coupled with morphing bass-leads from Gordon and a whole-band precision, Phish had primed Alpine Valley for a mind-melting escapade. Uncharacteristically dropping “The Sloth” to open set two, a dark vibe immediately encompassed the show. And when the beginning rumblings of “Disease” started, one knew things were about to get bonkers in dairy land.

Tearing into the song’s composed jam, Trey sped off like a hyena on tornado juice, shredding leads from the get-go in a spectacle of six-string acrobatics. Playing powerful and flowing lead melodies, Trey caught fire at the onset of this piece and his playing flew off the charts throughout this futuristic excursion. The entire band annihilated the straight-forward “Disease” textures at a torrid pace. Showcasing the Ocedoc’s unmatchable tone, Trey darted through creative patterns with mind-numbing speed and dexterity. Through this entire opening segment, Mike sat in the background as part of the three-way support for Red’s scorching solo, but it was when Gordon emerged from this role, weaving his lines around Trey’s offerings and bringing original ideas into the mix, that the jam really gained liftoff.

8.14.10 (M.Stein)

Following the blistering opening, the band took a musical step sideways into a rock pattern that retained roots in “Disease,” but simultaneously drifted from the song’s structure. Mike comped Trey’s lines with eclectic rhythms as Page infused the music with dirty clav hits. After Trey peaked his high-octane shred-fest, Phish began to darken the piece without losing their fire hose intensity. Trey began slicing the air with snarling rhythm licks while Mike’s creativity blossomed into the foreground. This is the first of several junctures that Mike pushes this “Disease” jam further into the unknown, eventually resulting in an effortless and filthy segue into “What’s The Use?” In each instance, the entire band hopped on Mike’s new direction, this time molding their musical play-doh into spacier realms.

The band momentarily deconstructed the piece before Trey built it back up with quick rhythm chops, bringing the band into a less ordinary percussive sequence. Mike delivered a slower bass line amidst this ridiculously tight section, again subtly prodding the band into riskier territory. Fishman gradually merged with Mike’s concept, slowing the rhythmic pace while never losing his sense of urgency. As the tempo waned, the resulting music grew quite abstract as all four members poured their phrases into an inter-stellar sonic brew. Trey and Mike continued pushing the music outward while the jam retained its whole-band cohesion. Entering a section of harrowing psychedelia, Trey shone brightly while sprouting cosmic melodies amidst this sinister milieu.

8.14.10 (M.Stein)

Mike made another noticeable change, offering a distorted pattern that would slowly lead the band towards a fluid groove, and eventually into their to-die-for transition. As Phish built a menacing wall of sound and effect, Trey speckled the landscape with heart-tugging leads while the band settled into a transcendent passage of ambient groove. Stretching this portion of sorcery, the band drifted into one of the most indelible and emotional sequences of the summer. Realizing where their music had reached, Trey magnificently wove a lick of “What’s The Use?” into the jam and the entire band was already there. Without any change of beat or musical alteration, Phish achieved the most marvelous musical arrival of tour, leaving the audience in total awe.

8.14.10 (M.Stein)

Flowing naturally and sculpting a larger-than-life soundscape, Phish brought a cathartic resolution to their extraordinary journey. “What’s the Use?” dripped, note by note, over the massive audience: a seething, psychedelic fable. Stemming from one of the band’s hallowed vehicles, this jam immediately sat side by side The Greek’s multi-thematic “Light” as the improvisational zeniths of tour. And the most fascinating part about these two jams is their vastly divergent paths, illustrating Phish’s ability to crush many types of music once again. No longer a one-trick pony that galloped from rock to percussive grooves to ambient outros a la ’09, Phish took the the standout jams of Leg Two in totally unique directions, foreshadowing a thrilling fall tour.


Jam of the Day:

Disease > What’s The Use?” 8.14.10 II

You’ve read about it; now you can listen one of Phish’s peak moments of August.



Thank You, Readers!

Yesterday Hidden Track posted detailed survey results of all things related to Phish’s Summer Tour, and Phish Thoughts was voted the “Must Read Tour Blog!” I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every reader that tunes in while on tour and/or off tour, contributes to the ongoing conversation in the comments section, or simply grabs a download. Phish Thoughts has transformed into a vibrant community that far exceeds anything I ever imagined. So, “Cheers!” This place is as much about you folks as anyone, and here’s to a ridiculous fall. See you on the road!

(Chart excerpted from Hidden Track)



8.14.2010 Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI < Torrent

8.14.2010 Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI < Megaupload

Official Alpine Valley Poster

Here is Alpine Valley’s phenomenal two-set showcase from the stand’s opening night. Phish opened the second set with one of their defining open jams of summer in “Disease > What’s The Use?,” and followed up a mid-set “Mule” with a ferocious “Mike’s Dirty Sally Groove.” A relentless first set is highlighted by a gorgeous “Reba,” a semi-rare “Taste,” and the fiercest “Antelope” of Summer 2010.

I: Tube, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Funky Bitch, Reba, Fuck Your Face, Alaska, Back on the Train, Taste, When the Circus Comes, Lawn Boy, Sparkle, Gumbo, Run Like an Antelope

II: The Sloth, Down with Disease > What’s the Use? >   Scent of a Mule, Mike’s Song > Dirt > Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley > Weekapaug Groove, Bug

E: Quinn the Eskimo

Source: Schoeps mk4v > CMR > Naiant PFA > Sonosax SX-M2 > SD 722

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1,028 Responses to “The Jungles In My Mind”

  1. Mitch Says:

    the one that gives me the gambling money is from the bus terminal in manhattan. its not a bolt bus or megabus. i like bolt and mega tho, the sooner you sign up for the trip, the cheaper the seats are. as low as a buck each way.

    i’ve done that to philly before. 2 bucks round trip. so awesome.

  2. El Duderino Says:

    Funny vid T3PO!!!!!

  3. b-rock Says:

    @t3 that is outstanding

  4. El Duderino Says:

    half a million hits too

  5. Guyute711 Says:

    It doesn’t matter!! :In the Rock’s voice:

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    WWE reference, lame.

  7. albert walker Says:

    Thanks Mitch

    Now if we could puff on those busses wed be in bizness

  8. SillyWilly Says:



    true. true.

    im working on it!

  9. sumodie Says:

    @Miner: Inspiring write-up today for an awe inspiring phish jam -thank you!

    And you’ve most definitely earned the right to be THE go-to online writer/reviewer for all things Phish. The music available here is such an added bonus taboot

    Sorry I missed filling out that Hidden Track survey, but you know I’d list this place as #1 hands down anyway

  10. Robear Says:

    We have the Poop Goblin.

    Those other sites never stood a chance.

  11. phoammhead Says:

  12. Seif Says:

    in the “Berkeley Jam” does anyone else here a bit of “West L.A. Fade Away” in the beginning?

    I would love to make a version of Berkeley Cities with the Berkeley Jam looped 2 or 3 times then into Moma. Does anyone know how to do that?

  13. lastwaltzer Says:

    How the fuck is relix even a magazine?!?!?! I love how the first question already features false information.

  14. lastwaltzer Says:

    “I mean the thing about the Tom Waits song Cold Water, I just really like the lyrics. My wife and I used to listen Frank’s Wild Years and all those albums when we first met and we still do. He’s the best. I think he’s probably America’s greatest songwriter, at least in the top two or three in my opinion.”Trey

    Trey knows whats up! Not that I didn’t already know that.

  15. sumodie Says:

    @Miner: Donation just sent

    Anyone wishing to contribute $$ to help keep this site running just click on the yellow button on the right side of the top page (scroll down a bit)

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    what, you haven’t heard the MGMT cover they did? best thing all year. surprised you haven’t heard it.

  17. BingosBrother Says:

    For the Kyle Orton haters,

    Oh and 3800 yds passing with 21 TDs to 12 INTs last year

    Old but still hilarious,

  18. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Relix blows.

    Remember Dupree’s Diamond News? Good memory.

  19. Mitch Says:

    maybe we should find someone who makes good ganja foods for those bus rides. need to ask around. 😉 i’d like to sample a carmel when you visit.

  20. Spasm Waiter Says:

    @Miner- Donation sent this AM. THX again.

  21. Robear Says:

    compared to what we’ve been getting, that was a pretty good article.

    Why all the new covers and bust-outs?

    We’re really having a good time right now. Maybe a fresh perspective and just having fun remembering songs.

    Think some Robear dude posted those exact thoughts.

  22. BeantownBoy Says:

    Another option beyond the bus is NJ Transit runs a train almost hourly between Philly and AC.

    $10 each way.

  23. Aquaman Says:

    Thanks for a great review Miner!!

    :: Trey sped off like a hyena on tornado juice….. ::

    In this NBA and NFL fueled world where Snooki is a star and “The Situation” is set to eran $5 million this year (that’s right I didn’t make a typo…..5 mill)…..

    Wouldn’t the “T” juice be called……“The Drank”?

    -Aqua “ghetto”-

  24. phoammhead Says:

    it’s interesting to hear Trey say that they just grab/take a song – learn it or relearn it backstage – and then play it that night!

    spontenaity – wow!

    this goes back to Trey’s thoughts and Phish’s approach about how they know they need to bring it and make it interesting and phresh night after night for us phans!

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    oh yeah, I donated earlier as well. wouldn’t have been too cool of me to call out for it and then not do it.

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